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East Fork Fire

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Ashley National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Vernal, UT 84078

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East Fork Fire Update - October 18, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/18/2020

East Fork Fire: 85,232 acres, 69% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT, began 8/21/20.

Closures: The current road and area closure for the Ashley National Forest is subject to change due to fire behavior to provide for safe and effective firefighting operations. The current closure became effective on October 15, 2020. The current public information map that shows the closure boundary may be found here: complete closure order may be found here:

Update: The public is urged to heed the area and road closures listed above. If an area and/or road is closed, this includes all traffic, including on foot or ATV. These closed areas are closed even to those with a hunting permit within that area. Citations will be issued for encroachments of these closed areas.

Nevada Team 3 will shadow the California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 today. This new team will take over management of the East Fork Fire on Monday, October 19. Fire management operations will not be negatively impacted by this transition.

Yesterday, the fire moved ¾ mile in the Lake Fork Drainage, and is expected to move similarly today. The fire also moved laterally towards the Stillwater Trail and towards the reservoir. Today, the priority will be to monitor the fire’s movement towards Rock Creek Road. Point protection will be provided around Moon Lake. Firefighters will continue today to mop-up, monitor areas of potential growth and begin suppression repair activities as necessary. 

Weather: Winds over the fire area will be slightly reduced from yesterday, although they still remain strong and breezy. Winds on the ridgetops will gust to 45 mph today and in the valleys, gusts will be up to 25 mph. This northwest flow pattern will continue to be breezy this week and temperatures will trend slightly warmer through midweek. Today, temperatures will reach 65 degrees in the valleys. Relative humidity levels will reach down to 19% in the valleys and will be about ten percent higher on ridgetops.

Resources: A total of 450 firefighters are assigned to the fires. Resources include 7 hand crews, 4 helicopters, 25 Engines, 13 water tenders and 4 dozers.

Jurisdiction: The fire is in the jurisdiction of the Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, and State of Utah Lands. California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 is managing the fire.

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